And stuff that better stay in the localisation!!
So yeah, as the title says, here are some aspects of AC: New Leaf that I’ve really fallen in love with, aside from the obvious things that have already pulled me in like the customisation options and features they’ve been showing off in previews and trailers.
Btw the picture is from the footer of a page from a Japanese AC: New Leaf pamphlet. You can see scans of it from this Japanese blog.
One step at a time…
Back when all the information emerged about what you could do as mayor, all the customisations possible on various levels, all the new buildings and activities… etc, it all felt like a lot to manage in one go. Now that I’ve seen the various accounts from people playing the Japanese version, I’m glad that everything seems well-paced. You do actually start off with next to nothing, and gradually work your way up unlocking all the features, including some that you probably took for granted in previous games, such as the Roost.
D-pad to Quick-Select Tool
I think I got this right… Use the D-pad to instantly equip and cycle through your tools! Exactly what I was wishing for I was also hoping they would have their own section in your pockets and not take up item space, but it seems not. But…
Fruits are stackable! 😀 Up to 9 in each item space, saving you a lot of space and trips to the shop. If only you could stack other like items.
Improved Watering Can
Ooh yeah, come to me, souped-up Harvest-Moon watering can! Silver and Gold cans now water multiple flowers around you (which they apparently did in AC:CF, but it was invisible). The way I understand it…
▣ is You.
Silver waters a cross shape like this:
▢ ▦ ▢
▦ ▣ ▦
▢ ▦ ▢
Gold waters 9 flowers but I’m not sure if it’s:
▦ ▦ ▦ ________▦ ▣ ▦
▦ ▣ ▦ _— or ___▦ ▦ ▦
▦ ▦ ▦ ________▦ ▦ ▦
Jam-packed with past NPCs
At least, this is how I feel it is. I’m not sure who was in which game and who’s missing, but there’s so many that weren’t in AC:WW that I’m really looking forward to meeting, especially Jingle ^_^ From what I can see, special characters from the past (though they may have new roles) include:
Chip, Franklin, Gracie, Gulliver, Jingle, Jack, Katie, Dr. Shrunk, K.K.Slider, Katrina, Nat, Pascal, Phineas, Rover, Saharah and Wendell
From your town:
Tom Nook, Timmy, Tommy; Mabel, Sable, Labelle; Pelly, Phyllis, Pete; Blathers, Celeste, Brewster; Booker, Copper; Harriet, Joan, Kapp’n, Kicks, Lyle, Porter, Redd and Resetti
I almost think the game developers thought, “The more the merrier!” 😛
And I love that 😀
Each time you meet shipwrecked Gulliver, he gives you a quiz to guess which country he was trying to reach (not that he really knows, either). He gives you a hint, and if you guessed right presumably sends you a souvenir the next day from that country. REAL COUNTRIES ^_^ I love this method of referencing the real world, plus it seems fun to guess and maybe you can also learn new things.
Seriously? I can call out my townies’ names in frustration next time I need to do a 10-minute super express delivery for someone? Awwwesome.
I hate talking into mics, and AC is making me want to.
Campers, Hide ‘n’ Seek, AC:GC and AC:CF Holidays
All that old stuff, they brought it back! I’m super happy about that because a lot of it was omitted from AC:WW. Since I haven’t played the console versions, though, I don’t know which activities are missing from AC: New Leaf. You can even walk in on your neighbours standing having a snooze ^_^
Increased item limit?
I’ve been deliriously counting items in people’s rooms (that’s AC rooms!) in their blogs and gameplay videos, and I have definitely counted over 24 on multiple occasions. No figures greatly higher than 24, but at least the item limit is no longer 24, and that’s a start. That’s also including items hanging on walls, though, so I don’t know if those have a separate limit.
Real vs Fake?
I think there are visible discrepancies between the fake and real artworks! So far I have seen a miscoloured Girl with a Pearl Earring, a Nude Maja with her clothes on, a Winged Victory of Samothrace with demon’s wings, and quite a few others. Problem is, Redd has a new system where you choose from the items he has on sale on the day he visits you, and then he insists on mailing the desired item to you. I don’t know if he’ll send you the exact item from his shop. I hope he does, because it seems like collecting genuine masterpieces for the museum just became a whole lot more interesting 😀
There’s more – so, so much more x3 I just can’t think of it all now, so I’ll add more as they come.
Random info I don’t want to do another boring text post for :P:
(More of these as they come, too.)
❧ On the train Rover shows you up to 4 maps while choosing a new town, and cycles through them if you don’t make your choice the first time round.
❧ There are many public utilities for you to build as mayor, but your townies must request them (by running up to talk to you) before you can build them. Requests are based on the townie’s personality and gender.
❧ You can demolish a public utility after you have built it, but it costs 10% of construction cost.
❧ Your town does not come with a police station, so you build one once you get the request. You choose from an old style or modern style. Old comes with Booker, modern comes with Copper. I guess you can’t have both…
❧ Hey animals, what’s with you dumping your house any-old-where in my town? I had a French garden planned there, my town hall needs space, hey that’s the middle of my tree-lined footpath!
❧ Classic (default) town hall and station’s colour themes cannot be altered, even after remodelling options are unlocked.